Take Down The Wall Cafe

Next Event: Wednesday, November 15, 6:30-8pm.   Take Down the Wall Café is a monthly 3rd Wednesdays OPEN MIKE where people with & without disabilities can share our common creativity & humanity! Location: 454 Grove Street : large building (former Boston Billiards) to the rear of the same parking lot as the Gold Star Blvd. Starbucks. ALL Performing Artists Welcome; sign up at the door with your Emcee, Nat Needle! Or just have a seat and enjoy the show! Admission and refreshments are FREE; donations gratefully accepted! Check out articles in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette! and in Pulse Magazine

A packed house at our Oct. 15 Grand Opening!

A packed house at our Oct. 15 Grand Opening!

Take Down The Wall Café is a new kind of monthly open mike format coffeehouse in Worcester, MA. Take Down The Wall aims to create a “comfort zone” for people with and without disabilities to chat, share their creative talents, and enjoy life despite the social “wall” that separates them.  Your performance can be almost anything; we  provide 2 microphones and a small but powerful amplifier/speaker. Acoustic is best in this small space: song, poetry, instruments, drama scenes, spoken word, story, dance, juggling, magic, mime, and so on. Take Down The Wall Café takes place in an intimate “pop-up” coffeehouse atmosphere created for each event on the premises of the main Worcester offices of the Central MA human service agency Alternatives. It is neither a commercial space (such as a public café) where people facing challenges such as severe anxiety or depression might not feel ready to venture; nor is it a “clubhouse” primarily for people with disabilities to congregate, where folks from the “mainstream” might not feel at home.  As emcee and organizer of Take Down the Wall, I hope that friendships will gradually form through this event that will make it more likely for people on either side of this invisible but very real social “wall” to enter and feel at home in each other’s worlds. So, the simple act of just showing up at Take Down The Wall and having a great time will make you a hero, a pioneer, someone who is taking the first steps towards one day taking down this wall for good! There is no reason why people with and without disabilities cannot realize more of their own full humanity by sharing more time together than they now do, other than our respective levels of comfort with one another. This has been true for other walls that have seemed impenetrable in the past, such as those of ethnicity, color, religion, and sexual orientation. This is one more wall that has got to come down. Take Down The Wall Café is sponsored by Alternatives and managed by me as an outside consultant. If you want to  round up people to come to the event and need fliers, or are willing to help set up or clean up, please Contact me!

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